Campus Planning & Design

Field Session

FS-007 - Academia in Arcadia: Design, Sustainable Stewardship, and Pedagogy on Swarthmore's Campus

Friday, October 19
7:45 AM - 4:35 PM


As Swarthmore's Scott Arboretum prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary as an arboretum and home to one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges, this field session explores the intersection of campus planning, sustainable stewardship, design, pedagogy, and community outreach in the art and science of a public garden.

Learning Objectives:

Richard A. Newton, ASLA, LEED AP


Richard Newton has been a member of the studio for more than two decades, playing an integral part of their signature projects—including the new Franklin and Murray Colleges for Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Current work includes the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the new Biology, Engineering, and Psychology Building at Swarthmore College; the new Innovation Pavillion at the PSU Hershey Medical Center; and the revitalization of Rodney Square in Wilmington, Delaware. Richard earned a Diploma in Architecture from Manchester Metropolitan University and received a Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Amelle Schultz, ASLA

Associate Principal
Ayers Saint Gross

Amelle Schultz is an associate principal at Ayers Saint Gross. With more than 18 years of experience, she specializes in landscape architecture, campus master planning, and landscape master planning. Her work includes the Waterfront Campus Plan for the National Aquarium, Grinnell College Landscape Master Plan and Landscape Transformations, and numerous campus master plans, including Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Swarthmore College, and Ringling College of Art and Design. A number of her projects have earned awards at local and national levels for Society for College and University Planning, American Society of Landscape Architects, and the American Institute of Architects.


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Steve Benz, Hon. ASLA, PE, SITES AP

SITEGreen Solutions LLC

Steve Benz is founder of SITEGreen Solutions, helping teams develop sustainable landscape solutions. With over 35 years of civil engineering experience, he has pioneered developments in rainwater management and design of sustainable sites. He has served in key roles on committees for the development of both the LEED and SITES rating systems.

Steve has contributed to several award winning green infrastructure commissions including the Washington Canal Park, a 3-star certified pilot project in SITES™.

Steve is a Registered Professional Engineer, a LEED Fellow, SITES AP, and an Honorary Member of ASLA.


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Dennis C. McGlade, FASLA


Dennis McGlade has been a part of OLIN nearly since its inception, joining the studio in 1978 and becoming a partner in 1996. A regarded professional in the field of design and horticulture, his noted works include the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles, Midway Plaisance in Chicago, and a new 500-acre town center in the Cayman Islands. Dennis’ projects encompass myriad scales and typologies, from the revitalization of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s plaza in New York City, to the award-winning Grace Farms in Connecticut, to the landscape design for a new high-end condominium development in Beverly Hills.


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Claire E. Sawyers

The Scott Arboretum


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Jeff Jabco

Director of Grounds and Coordinator of Horticulture
Swarthmore College and the Scott Arboretum

Jeff Jabco is the Director of Grounds and Coordinator of Horticulture for the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College. In his role, Jeff oversees the gardeners, the College’s 400 acres and its plant collections, gardens, and natural areas. He is an instructor at Longwood Gardens, is president of The International Clematis Society and vice-president of the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society.
Jeff was named Teacher of the Year by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. He was awarded the Rutgers Gardens Hamilton Award in 2017 which recognizes “an unsung hero, a quiet leader, or patient mentor in the field of horticulture”.


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Rodney D. Robinson, FASLA

Robinson Anderson Summers, Inc.

Rodney D. Robinson, FASLA has practiced landscape architecture for over forty years and is primarily recognized for his work in public and private gardens. Mr. Robinson holds an undergraduate degree in ornamental horticulture from the University of Delaware (1975) and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania (1978).

In 1985, Mr. Robinson was co-founder of Coe Lee Robinson Roesch, which later became CLR Design, Inc. Since founding Rodney Robinson Landscape Aarchitects in 1995 (now Robinson Anderson Summers), his practice has focused on garden design and restoration. Mr Robinson was inducted as a Fellow in 2009.


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Kristen Loughry


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FS-007 - Academia in Arcadia: Design, Sustainable Stewardship, and Pedagogy on Swarthmore's Campus

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